The Misconception of Intolerance
Conservatives have been mistakenly branded intolerant of LGBTQ’s (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Queer). This is a notion that is far from the truth. Conservatives are not intolerant. We are steadfast in Bible based, natural order, beliefs. The writings of the Bible suggest that it is un-natural and an unacceptable practice to lay with the same sex or dress as the alternate sex. Now, I’m not religious (yes, non-religious Conservatives exist), but I do believe in the Bible and God. I as a Conservative subscribe to the notion that there is a natural order and that the lifestyles of LGBTQ’s go against that order. Now, that being said, it’s none of my business what lifestyle a person chooses to live nor is it anyone elses business what lifestyle I choose to live. I welcome anyone into my circle who shares the same societal values and political views; I’m not concerned with whom they share their bed. I’m not the one to judge, that’s God’s job and who’s to say he thinks I’m doing a good job with my life. I may be at the top of his judgement list.
As for the political aspects, the only issues we as Conservative have with “Gay Rights” (in my opinion) are terminology, politically correct policy (as oppose to majority rule policy) and abuse of policy. Right to marriage is all about terminology. “Marriage” is a sacred oath between a man and woman, as per the Bible verses. A government sanctioned “Civil Union” isn’t in itself a problem. The problem is the abuse of policy. Once the government puts generic/general policy in place to appease a group of people who can’t be narrowed to gender or ethnicity, the lines become very grey and too many people pounce on the opportunity to take advantage. Let’s take into consideration, welfare. Welfare began in the 1930’s with ever so noble intentions. The Great Depression put millions out of work and there grew a desperate cry for assistance. President (FDR) Roosevelt responded with Social Security and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). Unfortunately, the original intent of these programs has been lost in a web of legislation which just muddles the system, it’s original intent and allows abuse of the system to run rampant. It’s a knee jerk reaction to an economic problem, run amuck! The system is totally out of control and wrought with abuse.
The same chaos, is all too possible for “Civil Union” policies. It is almost impossible to regulate “same sex” policy. It would be logical to let “same sex” couples contract with each other on how they choose to divide assets, who they want to control their decisions when one or the other isn’t able; kind of like a pre-nuptual agreement without the nuptual. It should be a private matter handled between the couple and an attorney, not a mass generic policy drawn up by the government.
LGBTQs, nor any other group of people sharing the same societal values and political beliefs, shall ever be shunned by Conservatives. We embrace like minded people and welcome the opportunity to get to know persons on an individual, personal level. We are all on this earth just trying to etch out a path to peace and prosperity and we need as much support from like minded beings as we can get. Intolerance of others is not an acceptable practice in the Bible. As believers in the word, we must, by virtue of our beliefs “tolerate” others different from ourselves….at the very least, ‘Do onto others, as you would have them do onto you…’ Matthew 7:12.